Private St. Petersburg On Your Own 2 Day (Visas Included)
See St. Petersburg's most famous fortresses, museums, churches, and palaces in style and comfort with your English speaking guide.
Upon connecting with your guide and driver, the world class city of St. Petersburg awaits with amazing sites to discover such as Peter and Paul's Fortress. This site is where the Romanovs are buried, including the famous Tsar Nicholas II and his daughter Anastasia.
You may also choose to see the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Churches and tour these symbolic landmarks. The astounding, romantic-styled Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood was erected in 1883, following the assassination of Emperor Alexander III (on this exact location), the grand church (with its 7500 beautiful mosaics) was finally completed in 1907.
When you have worked up an appetite, your guide will escort you to a traditional Russian lunch. Naturally, dining is a wonderful way to get a feel for the culture, plus the food is delicious.
Following lunch you may wish to visit the Winter residence of the Tsar where you can admire the Hermitage collection of world art. Aside from Paris' Louvre, no other collection rivals the size and quality of the Hermitage Museum. Founded by Catherine the Great upon purchasing 255 paintings from Berlin, the Hermitage now has over 2.7 million displays. With masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, and Renoir it is widely treasured, both inside and out.
On day two of your St. Petersburg tour you may wish to visit the emperor's summer residence. Here you will have ample time to browse the imperial Catherine palace, absorbing the magnificence and its unforgettable Amber room.
Another site not to be missed is the city of fountains, the Peterhoff Grand Palace and Park, dubbed the Russian Versailles and reminiscent of France's Versailles. Rivalling it with its splendor, you may choose to see the grand halls or walk the grounds to see the fountains. Having served as the Tsar's summer residence, its grounds are dotted with countless fountains (like the spraying Joke Fountain), monumental ensembles, and charming pavilions.
Having explored the best of St. Petersburg, you'll return to your ship around 4:30 PM.
Sites and destinations chosen to be visited may allow for an inside viewing, be seen during an exterior photo stop, or seen in passing due to museums, palaces or other sites being closed on alternate days throughout the week. You will have the same guide for both days of your tour. Please be aware that cruise lines occasionally mislead passengers by telling them that they are not allowed to disembark the ship in St. Petersburg unless they are on an excursion purchased through the cruise line. In addition, the cruise lines also sometimes tell passengers that they cannot disembark the ship until the passengers on the cruise lines' excursions have done so first. This is incorrect, and you are free to exit the ship as soon as passengers start to disembark because Russian law states that a cruise ship cannot hold passengers onboard against their will as long as they have the proper documents. In order to clear immigration, you will need to bring along: 1) Your passport; 2) A copy of your tour tickets. 3) An immigration form passed out to all guests on the ship (or at the passport control).
Please Note: This tour includes a visa. Entrance fees and meals are not included, as you choose to see what you wish on your private tour.
The private guide/driver provided immediate access to everything, no waiting in line, a bonus particularly at the Hermitage. The time shared together also allowed private dialogue enhancing our understanding of everyday life for the citizens of St. Pete. The guides took us via metro into residential neighborhoods where we dined as locals and visited/shopped in their markets. Our 2 guides, 28yo and 40yo, provided differing views of life since the end of Soviet rule. Both proud of their heritage but from different perspectives; one an infant vs the memories of a 20 yo. shared heartfelt family stories both joyful and sad. Truly a unique experience that was the highlight of our Baltic cruise!!
Reviewer: Kristyn Johnson
This was a wonderful tour and we were able to see everything on our list and more. Sasha was a terrific tour guide. She provided great information and history about the city and helped schedule our two days so we could see everything that we wanted. She even added a few extra sights that weren't on our list. The restaurants she recommended were wonderful and we were able to try some authentic food that the locals eat. Because this was an "on your own tour" the company doesn't purchase any tickets ahead of time. We purchased our tickets to St. Catherine's Palace 30 days before our arrival since we had read that it can sell out. Here is a tip - purchase a ticket for your guide too. The tour guides can get into some museums with their passes but not all. Buying tickets ahead worked out great because the ticket lines were long. I would highly recommend reserving this tour because you can make the most out of your visit to the city if you are limited to two days.
We were very pleased with our experience in St. Petersburg with tour guide Polina. She helped create our schedule based on our likes and was extremely knowledgeable about each location we visited. She was also very patient, as we have 3 teenagers who sometimes tire of museums and just want to shop or find a sweet treat! Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Lynn F
The best tour decision we made on our cruise! Our tour guide and driver were fantastic and the convenience and flexibility of this tour was perfect! Definitely worth paying a little extra for!
Reviewer: David Chalmers
We had a terrific guide who virtually answered everything we asked and provided us with a complete experience. We saw everything we wanted to see. Driver was excellent as well.